By Tom Comet
It is not every day that we get to say that we achieved a world’s first but this is definitely one of those times. On August 18th, 2020 the DroneBoy Team flew the first ever 100% legal cinematic FPV drone mission over Niagara Falls. If you want to know more about the new FPV Drone Revolution and this exciting technology that is changing what we do be sure to check out my recent BLOG Post all about FPV film drones HERE.
Flying drones over Niagara Falls is tricky enough at the best of times as it is located right in the middle of the CYR-518 restricted airspace AND there are many, many various stake holders and authorities apart from just Transport Canada who we are required to work with and get approvals from in order to operate down there. I have BLOGGED about this before HERE, HERE and HERE (I told you we have been there A LOT… )
Since 2015 DroneBoy have implemented dozens of tricky drone missions throughout the entire Niagara River Gorge and Niagara Falls itself and we have a great working relationship with everyone in the region. This enables us to implement a standard, cinematic drone mission at the Falls relatively easily but there is still a lot of added planning and administration compared to a standard drone OP.
This time around we wanted to up the ante and show the world what Niagara Falls looked like through the lens of one of our 5” Cinema FPV drones because we just knew that it would be spectacular and worth the effort. Luckily the stars aligned, and we got the perfect day with the wind blowing the moisture away from our flight path. There was beautiful lighting with just the right amount of clouds and small crowds due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. We flew a series of very successful FPV flights from our strategic launch locations above and below the Falls and the results speak for themselves. Check it out…
! ! IMPORTANT NOTICE ! !
This footage was captured in Restricted Airspace where drone operations are normally not allowed.
This drone operation was conducted legally and in full compliance with Transport Canada and Niagara Park Commission rules and regulations with respect to the use of Drones in restricted airspace.
To conduct such an operation, we worked closely with the managers of the air space, Transport Canada, as well as the property managers, The Niagara Parks Commission to develop a safe and legal flight plan for the operation. In addition, this required further planning and coordination with the Niagara Parks Police and the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission as well as all the helicopter tour operators, heliports and airports in the vicinity both in Canada and the US.
Flying drones is our passion, doing it legally and safely is our responsibility.
Flight Operation conducted by the DroneBoy FPV Team
With Special thanks to:
Niagara Parks Commission
And all the agencies that worked closely with us to make this operation possible.
! ! IMPORTANT NOTICE ! !
Contact us today if you want to achieve something awesome that has never been done with at drone before.